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JFH On The Verge And We’ve Got Business To Tend To

One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue.  Tonite? 

Trouble's brewing, brother.  More on that in a quick minute.

James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension.  Ok, Kenny.  We trust you.  Really...and that's despite recent troubles.

But I'm curious.

Jimmy Howard's staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.   You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.  Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It's just strange.

Briefly, I'm not buying the "Detroit isn't a nice place to live and play" argument now anymore than I ever have.  Good players in other sports are coming here because they feel the teams they join offer good chances to win.

All that stuff needs to be tabled now, until this summer most likely.  For now, the Wings hang barely on to 8th.  A disgusting place, really, when you consider that Chicago awaits unless Detroit wins a lot and moves up quickly.  Disgusting because this team is not getting by Chicago in the first round.  The second round? If the Wings get there, have some confidence, a playoff series victory under their belt? Maybe.  But not in the first round. No way.

Tonite's a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they're not winning them all.  Make sense?

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Trimming an unruly bush.

How about his cat’s ass?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/11/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

a “Looper”...into Wing territory.  Kenny’s teasing me…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:08 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I demand the Wings win the 2 points in OT. No gimmicky bullcrap.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:10 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

OVERtime.  Suddenly death, no less. Time for someone to strapon their Logan Couture assless chaps and ride this pony to victory!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Boy did Cleary get wasted.

Posted by RWBill from #savethelivingroom #ihateCartmanbrah on 04/11/13 at 09:10 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

how the *#$%@& is it not a penalty to put your free hand around the opponent’s head and rip his helmet off?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 09:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

da Boos up 2-0 on minny with 7:50 to go in reg

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 09:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Yep, Mick, I’m sure Chicago is really worried about whats happening to Detroit right now

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:11 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

well that’s three players that shouldn’t play another shift the rest of the year.  any shot that *I* could stop?  go sit down somewhere.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 09:11 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

It never occured to Franzen to shoot that puck at any time

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:12 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

george anus

Posted by RWBill from #savethelivingroom #ihateCartmanbrah on 04/11/13 at 09:13 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Come on Wings. Do is the first 2 letters in does.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Checked by Couture…Oh Snap!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:14 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Does Kronwall purposely wait until the goalie is set and a dman is on him to take a shot?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:15 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Does Kronwall purposely wait until the goalie is set and a dman is on him to take a shot?

Lack of confidence.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Good Block by Smith there

Posted by RWBill from #savethelivingroom #ihateCartmanbrah on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Skills competition time.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

EGAD

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

My kingdom for a goal scorer (but not too much of my kingdom, cuz I like our team)

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Does Kronwall purposely wait until the goalie is set and a dman is on him to take a shot?

I was thinking the same thing….aboot 20 seconds later, but…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I was thinking the same thing….aboot 20 seconds later, but…..

The yacht club will do that to you.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

And now back to the Eyeore/Call Sam studios…..

I call next goal for…Y A W N…wait, what was the question?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:20 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Nice deke!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 09:21 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Magically Delicious

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:21 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Skills competition.  This is where Jimmy goes for a $250,000 bonus.

Posted by RWBill from #savethelivingroom #ihateCartmanbrah on 04/11/13 at 09:21 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Magically Dangellicious!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:21 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

You’re gonna choose NOW to be bad, Jimmy?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:22 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wait…who? What?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:22 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

DONG!  (Clank!)

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Cmon Nike

damnit

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

We Lose - -

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 09:24 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Fuch me.  Game over.  Howard was terrible in that shootout.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 09:24 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah downer

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 09:24 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Not one fuchin stop by Howard and 2 damn 5hole goals, I just dont get it

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 09:24 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good on ya Jimmah….suck it up. Your team got ya here.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:25 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Jimmy!! That’s a $5.3M hole

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

g’nite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 09:25 PM ET

calquake's avatar

10th place here we come.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 09:25 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Jimmy!! That’s a $5.3M hole

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 09:25 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

That was exhausting….I’m thirsty…anyone else?  C’mon over…Ima pourin.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/11/13 at 09:26 PM ET

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